By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 13, 2021) – In Issue 2021-92 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn of a lot about what Ecuador has to offer. . . and how YOU can pay for it.  

Darwin’s Lab

This country has lot to offer: rich Inca history; breathtaking sights of the coast and the Andes; a growing economy that highlights oil, vegetable and flower exports; the location that importantly influenced the development of the theory of evolution (Galapagos Islands 1000 miles off the coast); and so on.

You might have guessed already – the country in question is Ecuador.

This South American country has multiple Independence Days.  Independence from Spain as part of the no longer existing Gran Colombia in 1822 and separation from Gran Colombia and becoming a sovereign nation on this day in 1830. 

Interestingly, the currency used in Ecuador is the US Dollar.  It saves in printing costs.

Here is Mitchell’s 1869 map of the northern section of South America including Ecuador.  Ecuador lost a fair amount of its eastern territory shown here to Peru primarily.

Map of South America – United States of Colombia and Ecuador – 1869 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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